Kitchen Krafts Hi-Ratio Shortening

Decorating By Lenore Updated 20 Oct 2007 , 3:57pm by Lenore

Lenore Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 1:59am
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I just bought hi-ratio shortening for the first time. I bought a 3 lb container from KK since the price was reasonable and it was the smallest I could find. I used 2/3 cup vs. 1 cup crisco that I use in my usual recipe. I did not notice a big difference in taste or texture. But there is some...just not as significant as I was expecting. Does anyone know how KK hi-ratio compares to sweetex or Alpine?

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jibbies Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 2:16am
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I just bought a 3lb can of Hi Ratio Shortening, it's CK products brand. I paid $12.65 for it. I read somewhere when I was researching exactly what Hi Ratio is, it said that you could use 1/2 of the normal amount of HR as compared to regular because it has the ability to absorb more powdered sugar and make a larger volume of icing.
Do you mind sharing what you paid for yours? I bought mine at a local cake supply store I know I probably paid too much but I wanted to try it out before I bought a larger amount.

Jibbies

MimiFord Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 2:37am
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I get Sweetex from The Bakers Kitchen. They also carry Alpine Icing Shortening - is a little bit less in cost. They carry 1 lb. and 50 lb. of both kinds. I've never tried the Alpine - have been a convert to Sweetex and used it ever since - will never go back to the Crisco/Butter thing again.

jibbies Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 2:45am
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Originally Posted by MimiFord

I get Sweetex from The Bakers Kitchen. They also carry Alpine Icing Shortening - is a little bit less in cost. They carry 1 lb. and 50 lb. of both kinds. I've never tried the Alpine - have been a convert to Sweetex and used it ever since - will never go back to the Crisco/Butter thing again.



do you mind sharing your recipe?

Jibbies

JanH Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 3:57am
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Hi-ratio b/c can absorb more sugar and liquid than Crisco.

Here's a link with a description of hi-rato shortening; also has hi-ratio recipes:
(And advice on adjusting Crisco recipes.)

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-464693-.html

HTH

MimiFord Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 12:34pm
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Jibbies - I use Sugarshack's Buttercream (no butter); but is easy to work with, can add any flavors, emulsions, etc.; and people love it. The recipe is on the site.

Lenore Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 3:57pm
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Thanks everyone. Just an FYI I found 50lb of Sweetex for $78 at Larks Cake and Candy in Bensalem, PA. You have to pre-order if you are going to pick it up at the store. I do not know what shipping would be. This price is cheaper than the baker's kitchen who sells it for $86. Check out www.larkscakeandcandy.com.

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